In a nutshell, when Brinks sold their company to ADT, they retained ownership of their brand, but with a catch. Brinks was not allowed to use their Brinks branding in the home security industry for a 5 year period ending in 2016. After that period ended, Monitronics bought exclusive rights to all of the Brinks trademarks related to residential smart home and home security categories in the United States. So now when you buy Brinks home security, you’re effectively buying Monitronics security.
Equipment & Cost
The new Monitronics Brinks security company offers two basic package bundles; Home Complete and Home Complete with Video. Both packages come with a security touch panel, 3 door/window sensors, a motion sensor, and a yard sign with stickers. With the video bundle you’re also getting an HD doorbell camera and one indoor camera with night vision. Their basic package will cost you $39 per month and requires a $19 activation fee.
If you want video monitoring then you’re going to have to pay an extra $10 a month for their Home Complete with Video package. Even though these prices are pretty high, surprisingly ADT’s video surveillance package is even more expensive at $58.99 a month.
However, those rates are not guaranteed. Brinks security doesn’t have a locked in rate in their terms, so there’s nothing stopping the company from raising your monthly rate. Tiffany from Washington recently complained (June 30th 2018) on consumeraffairs.com about her rates being raised. She stated that when she switched to Moni it was a big mistake.
“I switched to MONI June 2014, big mistake btw, my bills were constant at $44.99 from June 2014 until October 2016 when it went to $47.24, April 2017 it went to $47.63, November 2017 it went to $49.99, then April 2018 it went up again to $50.57.” — Tiffany of Washington, PA
It’s for this reason that Protect America has a guaranteed locked-in rate for as long as you’re a customer.
New Terms & Service
One of the good things about their service is the 90 day money back guarantee, but they do have a $19 activation fee and a hidden “cost recovery fee” so claiming that it’s a risk free trial period isn’t exactly true. They also have a 3 or 5 year contract to choose from which allows them to offer a good amount of equipment for free. Like Protect America, but unlike ADT, Brinks is now a self-install fully wireless security system which means that you don’t have to worry about installation and moving fees.
There are so many home security companies out there. How do you ever figure out which one is right for you? If you just moved into a new house and there’s a Brinks security system on the wall, you might be wondering if you should give them a call or go with the more popular ADT. What we review:
Brinks is Out of the Monitored Home Security Business
According to Forbes in 2009, “Brink’s Home Security will spend between $70 million and $120 million over the next several years pitching its name as a part of a re-branding effort overseen by WPP Group’s Landor Associates.”
But then times change and Broadview–what used to be Brinks–was purchased by Tyco and absorbed into the massive ADT family. So in short, if you want to compare Brinks to ADT, you are comparing apples to apples.
Your home security system sporting the Brinks badge is supported by ADT if you have a current contract. If you simply want to reactivate the system, ADT may require some updates to your keypad in order to communicate with their monitoring facility, but you should get away with a lower startup cost than if you are installing a whole new system.
So, what about ADT? Are they any good? Let’s take a look.
ADT Offers Pricey Services
ADT is possibly the most widely recognized name in monitored home security system as that familiar blue badge can be found in homes and businesses across the nation. However, as with any conglomerate that keeps eating the little fish, you will end up paying for that name recognition. They make their bread and butter by offering monitoring your home security system 24/7 for as low as $30/mo. and use only equipment either purchased or leased through their sales department. Here are the highlights:
- Sells you their branded security system
- Charge for installation
- Higher monitoring fees compared to smaller companies
- Extended contracts
Now, if you are relocating, ADT will likely offer you a discount on installing a new system in your new home–and that’s convenient. You already know who you are dealing with. But do you really have to buy into the big name?
There is a More Flexible Way
Do-it-yourself home security systems are taking the nation by storm, but they lack the key feature of having a company provide the protection and peace of mind that comes with monitored systems.
However, security companies like Protect America are helping you lower your monthly costs while providing many of the same services like ADT, with one major difference. Instead of having a salesman come to your house who talks you into a bigger system than you need which is then followed up by an installation tech that you pay for, Protect America ships you the security system you need.
You install it on your own schedule (no waiting for the guy to show up) and then pay a lower monthly fee for live monitoring. It’s like a win-win for the average homeowner.
The ever-changing landscape of monitored home security can be difficult to navigate, but you can save yourself some of the headaches commonly associated with those big name corporations when you opt for a more customer-friendly option like Protect America. Get a free quote when you call them today.